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Summary

In the wake of a personal tragedy, four women face the past, their futures, and each other in a novel of broken ties and healing by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of When We Believed in Mermaids.

When famed chef Augustus Beauvais dies, he leaves behind a celebrated reputation—and four women grappling with loss, anger, pain, and the question of how the world will turn without him...

Meadow, the ex-wife with whom Augustus built an empire—and a family—still holds a place for him in her heart, even as she continues to struggle with his infidelities, which ended their twenty-year marriage. More unforgiving is Maya, his estranged daughter, who’s recently out of rehab but finally ready to reclaim her life. Norah, his latest girlfriend, sidelined her own career for unexpected love and a life of luxury, both of which are now gone with Augustus. And then there’s Rory, Meadow’s daughter, the voice of calm and reason in a chorus of discontent.

As Meadow, Maya, Norah, and Rory are flung together by tragedy, grief, and secrets yet to be revealed, they must accept—or turn away from—the legacy of great intentions and bad decisions Augustus left them. And when the circumstances around his death are called into question, their conflicted feelings become even more complicated. But moving forward is the only choice they have, and to do so, they’ll need to rely on family, friendship, and inner strength.

Set on the stunning, rugged California coastline, This Place of Wonder is an emotional, lush, and empowering story of four women finding their way in a changed world—and what a wondrous journey it will be.

©2022 Barbara Samuel. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Kristin Hannah readers will thoroughly enjoy the family dynamic, especially the mother-daughter relationships.”Booklist (starred review)

“Barbara O’Neal’s latest novel is simply delicious. Engrossing, empathetic, and profoundly moving, I savored every sentence of this story of several very different women who find solace and second chances in each other after tragedy (though not before facing some hard truths and, yes, a few rock bottoms). This Place of Wonder is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.”—Camille Pagán, bestselling author of Everything Must Go

This Place of Wonder is a wonderfully moving tale about four women whose journeys are all connected by one shared love: some are romantic, some are familial, but all are deeply complicated. Dealing with loss, love, hidden secrets, and second chances, this stirring tale is utterly engaging and ultimately hopeful. Set along the rugged California coastline, This Place of Wonder will sweep you away with the intoxicating scents, bold flavors, and sweeping views of the region and transport you to a world you won’t be in any hurry to leave.”—Colleen Hoover, #1 New York Times bestselling author 

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lovely story

but did not set the world on fire. goid narration and an easy listen

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brilliantly written and performed!

loved it! found it hard to put down! it was compelling to listen to

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  • Arun Rajan
  • 20-09-22

Good

Narration and the content is good. I enjoyed the book. As the progression of reading advances the inquisitiveness too is enhanced

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  • Joanna Collins
  • 10-09-22

Good book

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narration was great. The story flowed for me. I have listened to a few of Barbara O'Neal's books. I haven't been disappointed yet.

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  • Cherece
  • 01-09-22

such a great book!

this was such a good storyline. richly developed characters. I feel in love with Augustus even though he was only in memory. Great storytelling!

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  • Tresia
  • 31-08-22

Perfect summer read

The story was very sweet. All in all the story was good, a little predictable but generally really nice

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  • bethhelp
  • 29-08-22

Amazing story

This story was fascinating! It is amazing how a true bond between women can come out of such a climatic event in their lives that touches all of them in profound ways. Very good read!

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  • Linda Montefu
  • 29-08-22

absolutely beautiful!

I lost track of the times I cried. it felt like a story that was true to life. it could happen.

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  • Jamie Lynn
  • 18-08-22

Interesting

Told from several points of view, it’s a little all over the place. Meadow’s plot line was a little predictable, but still good. She’s more complex than you might realize at first. I have more to say but I don’t have the words yet, I did like this book.

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  • Sharon - Librarian
  • 16-08-22

Great Story with quick ending

Overall a great story for the first 3/4, but then boom. Mystery is revealed and we only get closure on Maya, not Meadow or Nora. Also one of the narrators was often unfamiliar with culinary or foreign words. Pronouncing “Provence” France “ province”, an AGA stove using initials A.G.A. and more.

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  • 12-08-22

DNF

Just couldn't finish this one. Not very interesting.. Then , in chap 6, "... his ass, a work of art." That's when I called it quits.

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  • BECKY CURRAN
  • 09-08-22

They just keep getting better and better!

I have been a fan of Barbara O’Neal’s books for close to two decades, and I loved her return to the restaurant world in this book. That, and she does a wonderful job of navigating the complexity of female relationships. Can’t wait for the next one!!